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'I Am Karachi' honours unsung heroes of city

KARACHI: The first-ever I AM KARACHI awards were organised to honor the contribution of the city's dedicated and unrecognised heroes at Frere Hall.

The inaugural I AM KARACHI awards have established themselves as the only civic responsibility and diversity awards exclusively for residents of the city. I Am Karachi awards recognised visionary individuals who have shown inspirational resilience, hope, pride and determination.

The award function was headlined by a spell binding rock-symphonic version of the national anthem by sounds of Kolachi with the talented youth of the metropolis. Award winning pop stars Sara Haider, Zoe Viccaji and traditional singers were also showcased at the event.

I Am Karachi President Jameel Yusuf described the day a "celebration of the success of the city's resilient spirit" and announced that the awards will be given out throughout the course of the year.

The awards day ceremony was hosted by Deepak Perwani and Atiya Khan who discussed the necessity of a diverse culture in a mega-city. This was followed by Vice President of Society for I AM KARACHI Amin Hashwani, who announced the official launch of a city-wide I Am Karachi sports festival that will begin next month.

Founding member Rumana Hussain also announced the launch of a new wave of 'I Am Karachi - Walls of Peace' - where young artists cover hateful graffiti with their artistic creations to reclaim public space.

In an unprecedented display of support academics, business leaders and celebrities attended the function to show their love to the city and those honoured. Awards were distributed by notable figures including Ronak Lakhani, Zubaida Mustafa, Talat Hussain, Ishrat Hussain and Fuzon.

The event was a grand equaliser with citizens from all areas and strata uniting to mark the occasion, as could be seen in a visualisation activity where Karachiites could mark their homes on a giant map.

Karachi Commissioner Asif Hyder Shah praised spirit of citizenship saying if the citizens of the city will stand united, only then there is a hope for a prosperous Sindh and eventually a flourishing Pakistan.

The celebration followed a 'Karachi Matters Week' drive to boost citizen participation conducted across the city. Partners of 'I Am Karachi' and volunteer groups had conducted over thirty workshops, art projects, and social innovation activities to encourage thoughtful dialogue for a unified social outlook in various neighbourhoods.

The day is a celebration of the city and part of a larger city-wide movement that aims at inculcation hope, pride and ownership among Karachiites by reclaiming public spaces through sports, arts, culture and dialogues.

The event was managed and executed by Polaris with PR and Social Media by Mindmap Communications

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